Student FAQs: Medical

General FAQs | Medically-Related FAQs

I have surgery scheduled during the term. Am I eligible for disability accommodation?

This situation can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact OAS to describe your specific situation.

What if I need an extension because of my medical condition?

This situation can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact OAS to describe your specific situation.

What if I missed an assignment deadline due to a medical emergency?

This situation can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact OAS to describe your specific situation.

I have lost contact with my diagnosing physician. What should I do?

Any diagnosing professional can submit a medical verification letter or complete one of Emory's verification forms.

The licensed professional must support the field related to the letter. For example, a psychiatrist would provide a letter based on the student's mental health condition, and a medical doctor would provide a letter based on a medical condition. Please review the documentation guidelines.

What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements to be granted a reasonable accommodation, but I have developed an impairment due to an illness, accident, or surgery?

Complete the temporary disability registration form and submit to OAS. OAS will be happy to discuss available options and resources in cases where an accommodation is not appropriate.

My health has deteriorated, but my doctors have not determined an official diagnosis. What are my options?

Although you may not have an official diagnosis, you may still be eligible for accommodations.

To make that determination, OAS will require a formal letter from your treating physician explaining your situation, limitations and impact on academics.

Is pregnancy considered a disability?

Pregnancy and childbirth are not typically covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, if a student is experiencing complications due to pregnancy or childbirth, she may be eligible for temporary accommodations.

Contact OAS if you have any questions regarding any complications you experience while pregnant.

I am taking care of a sick relative or I am the caretaker for a significant other with a disability. Am I eligible for a disability accommodation?

No. OAS can only accommodate a student for the conditions that limit him or her due to the student's own diagnosis or treatment.